It can be hard to choose where to eat in Rome because there are so many amazing restaurants in the city. For me it often comes down to a simple equation of some important factors: location + price quality ratio + atmosphere. Zi Umberto excels in every way and is a great spot to eat at in charming (but often touristy) Trastevere. It has a good mix of Italians and tourists and the location couldn’t be better – it is only a two-minute walk from Piazza Trilussa (one of the main squares in Trastevere) and the cute walking bridge Ponte Sisto. Yes, the restaurant offers typical Roman cuisine so you may already be familiar with the menu, but there is a long list of daily specials that provide new spins on the classics (such as pasta with pecorino cheese and cicoria, a bitter leafy green vegetable).
This restaurant is especially nice in the summer when you can enjoy eating outside on the cobblestones but the inside is quaint as well (in a typical Roman restaurant kind of way). Service is friendly and informal – the first time I ate at Zi Umberto the waiter took our order sitting down at the next-door table. It is always bustling so reserve a table for lunch and dinner (in the evening there are two seating options, 19:00 or 21:00). Finish your meal with an amaro or limoncello, they bring you the whole bottle!